Shannon McNaught

Shannon is originally from New Hampshire in the USA, the land of lots of trees and moose. A love of Japanese music inspired her to study Japanese, and after a year of study abroad during university, she decided to move to Tokyo in 2014. She’s been working, rocking out, and exploring Japan ever since. Shannon currently works as an English teacher and freelance translator. She also manages her own Visual kei news site (linked below). Despite having a wealth of knowledge about more recent music, her ultimate favorite bands tend to hail from the 90’s. Shannon will be happy if you give her tea, pizza, or a cat.

All Stories by Shannon McNaught

Tokyo holds event where you can ride a Ferris wheel with the hunk of your dreams

“Yeah, I rode a Ferris wheel with him once,” you can now say after attending this swoon-worthy event.

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Shrine cat takes a nap in a Zen garden【Photos】

We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again: cats rule the world. Maybe that even includes the spiritual world?

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We got a circus show-girl makeover at Studio Esperanto in Kyoto 【Photos】

Do you want to be glamorous for a day? Studio Esperanto can help with that!

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Giant Buddhist pagoda and Kannon statue in Fukuoka Prefecture look like a theme park

We’ve seen some big Kannon statues before, but this one takes the Zen cake.

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This eco-friendly fish tank and planter uses fish poop to feed your plants

Enjoy the circle of life in your own home.

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World celebrates ninja manga Naruto’s 18th anniversary with “Naruto Runs”

It may sound like a joke, but it sure brings fans together.

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Top 20 castles to visit in Japan in 2017

Experience Japanese history through castles both intact and…not intact.

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Nintendo Classic Mini Super Famicom to include awesome save and replay features 【Video】

Those “Man, I should have saved my game before this boss!” days are no more with Nintendo’s new system.

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Japanese stationery company creates dissolving marriage certificate with water-resistant ink

Oddly romantic gift, or hilarious April Fool’s Day prank? You decide.

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Street Fighter II and UBIQ collab shoes put some extra kick in your step

Who needs a plain old Street Fighter II t-shirt when you could have shoes instead?

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YouTube channel starring 71-year-old Korean grandma is a big hit 【Video】

Yeah, your grandma is cool, but does she have a YouTube channel with over 290,000 subscribers?

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Muji creates Muji Cola with no added sugar and a unique taste

This isn’t your typical Coca-Cola or Pepsi-Cola drink.

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Japanese YouTubers crash Night Pool event by actually swimming 【Video】

People are getting angry at us for actually swimming!

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Does this instant “Japanese” soup from France really taste Japanese? We find out

Authentic or a knock off? Let’s find out.

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Japanese pro wrestler bares flesh in staff uniform, thrills customers【Pics & Video】

No shirt, no shoes, no service? More like no shirt, shoes, and fan service.

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Tweezers of Longinus make mundane tasks 100 times more dramatic

Immobilize and eliminate even the mightiest of nose hairs.

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This old Pokémon shirt is pretty terrifying

This is supposed to be a light-hearted series for kids, right?

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Cat settles itself in Buddhist altar and shocks family

Cats have no boundaries, even when it comes to religion.

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Korean illusion artist Dain Yoon’s work will make you question reality【Photos】

Let’s just say I’ve had to do a lot of double takes when writing this article.

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Want onigiri? Just add water to Onisi Foods’ new rice balls!

We’ve all heard of instant noodles; now it’s time for instant rice balls. Or…sort of instant.

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